About Us

RIA BuildingAs a charitable, non-profit foundation, the RIA links research, education and practice to enhance care and quality of life for older adults.

The RIA is a product of the philanthropic spirit and vision of Dr. Ron Schlegel, whose family has been providing long-term care to Ontario residents since the 1950’s. Owner and operator of retirement and long-term care homes across Ontario – Schlegel Villages – he committed more than $6 Million to develop and launch the Institute in 2005.

In addition to Schlegel Villages, RIA has core partnerships with the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College, but collaborates with a number of other universities, colleges, research institutes and networks. Learn more about our partners.

Through these collaborations, RIA supports practice-relevant research and knowledge mobilization.  Research evidence is used to inform programs, be integrated into education and training, and influence practice and policy. What is learned is then shared to benefit older adults everywhere.

In 2015, RIA moved to it’s new home at the Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging on the north campus of the University of Waterloo. This new infrastructure includes a research building connected to a long-term care home (Village at University Gates) – home to 192 residents – and a living classroom where future health care professionals are trained.

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